The Voyage of the Scarlet Queen was a very creative, well-written and produced series on Mutual from 1947 to 1948. It starred Elliott Lewis, and featured many of Hollywood's best known radio actors. Its scripts were written by Gil Doud and Robert Tallman, among the best and most prolific of radio's writers. The series lasted 36 episodes.
The first twenty episodes follow the Scarlet Queen on its trip from San Francisco to many South Pacific ports in search of rare and valuable Chinese artifacts on behalf of a Chinese national and shipping magnate Kang, who wants to restore them to China. There is a competitive buyer named Constantino who wants to drive up the prices of the items by finding them before Kang does. This is considered the most interesting part of the series, with the following sixteen episodes with continuing themes but are more self-contained in their storylines.
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These recordings are part of the Joe Hehn Memorial Collection. Mr. Hehn (1931-2020) was a pioneering collector of radio recordings when the hobby emerged in the 1960s. Digitizing his collection of reel tapes and discs is the effort of a wide range of North American volunteers, and includes assistance of some international collectors. The groups supporting this effort with their funds, time, technology and skills are the Old Time Radio Researchers and a small group of transcription disc preservationists who refer to themselves as the "The Knights of the Turning Table."